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[Long-term treatment for non-A, non-B chronic hepatitis--effects on hepatitis C virus (HCV)].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon Shokakibyo Gakkai zasshi = The Japanese journal of gastro-enterology
Publication Date
Volume
87
Issue
6
Pages
1430–1435
Identifiers
PMID: 2120488
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We have treated 16 patients with chronic non-A, non-B hepatitis with short term (7-13 weeks) and long term (1 year) interferon. Sustained effect (normalization) of treatment was noted in all by long term treatment, where 7 of 8 with short term treatment showed flare-ups of transaminase after the therapy. In addition, negative turn of anti-HCV antibody was noted in 2 of 5 patients with long term treatment, whereas such change was noted in none of 6 anti-HCV antibody positive patients treated with short term treatment. These data suggest that long term interferon therapy may change natural course of chronic non-A, non-B hepatitis caused by HCV.

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